cytokinesis

noun
cy·to·ki·ne·sis | \ ˌsī-tō-kə-ˈnē-səs , -kī- \

Definition of cytokinesis 

1 : the cytoplasmic changes accompanying mitosis

2 : cleavage of the cytoplasm into daughter cells following nuclear division

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Other words from cytokinesis

cytokinetic \ˌsī-tō-kə-ˈne-tik, -kī- \ adjective

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Explore photosynthesis, osmosis, nitrogen fixation, and other life processes • Investigate the cell cycle (mitosis and cytokinesis) • Bruce Sterling, WIRED, "No Lectures. All Lab.," 28 Apr. 2012

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First Known Use of cytokinesis

1898, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cytokinesis

New Latin

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The first known use of cytokinesis was in 1898

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cytokinesis

noun
cy·to·ki·ne·sis | \ ˌsīt-ō-kə-ˈnē-səs, -kī- \
plural cytokineses\-ˌsēz \

Medical Definition of cytokinesis 

1 : the cytoplasmic changes accompanying mitosis

2 : cleavage of the cytoplasm into daughter cells following nuclear division — compare karyokinesis

Other words from cytokinesis

cytokinetic \-ˈnet-ik \ adjective

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